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AMORY_ORCHARD

Email: aeorchard@bsu.edu Phone: 765-212-1633 amoryorchardrhetoric.weebly.com

EDUCATION

M.A. English Studies. Ball State University. Muncie, IN. Expected May 2018
Research project: Writing Center Social Media Accounts & Writing-Based Literacy: A Case Study
Advisor: Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney
Research and teaching interests: writing centers; authorship studies; emotional labor; first-year
composition pedagogy; creative writing and narrative applications in first-year composition

B.A. English. Ball State University. Muncie, IN. May 2016


Emphasis: Rhetoric & Writing
Minor: Creative Writing
Summa cum laude

WRITING CENTER EXPERIENCE


Writing Center at Ball State University. Muncie, IN, Fall 2014Present
Social Media Coordinator, Writing Center Social Media Initiative. May 2017Present
Responsibilities: Design social media strategy and maintain the Writing Centers presence on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Writers of Ball State for the 2017-2018 semester; Oversee social
media content submitted by tutors; Facilitate workshops at staff meetings; Create a sustainability
manual for future social media coordinators and contributors; Propose and collaborate on new
initiatives with Directors at weekly administration meetings.

Twitter Leader, Writing Center Social Media Team. August 2015May 2017
Responsibilities: Co-led the Centers Twitter account in order to foster outreach through social
media with Ball State students, faculty/staff, alumni, and other writing centers

Writing Center (Undergraduate & Graduate) Peer Tutor. November 2014Present


Responsibilities: Consult with undergraduate and graduate students on various writing projects,
(both in-person and online using Google Docs and Skype) to improve the quality of their writing;
Perform administrative duties at welcome desk by answering phones and scheduling clients
appointments; Promote Center services during class visits around campus

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant, Writing Program. Ball State University. Muncie, IN, Fall 2016-Present

English 103: Rhetoric & Writing (2 Sections). Spring 2017 and Spring 2018
Rhetoric and Writing introduces and develops understanding of principles of rhetoric; basic
research methods; elements, strategies, & conventions of persuasion used in constructing written and
multimodal texts.

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English 104: Composing Research (2 Sections). Fall 2017
Applies the fundamentals of rhetoric to the research process: methods of research; the rhetorical nature of
research; elements, strategies, and conventions common to research writing, including multi-modal
presentations of new knowledge.

Practicum Experience

English 103: Rhetoric & Writing (1 Section). Fall 2016


Responsibilities: Assisted Dr. Laura Romano with her class of twenty-five first-year composition
students; Gained first-hand experience grading papers, developing lesson plans, and conferencing
with students outside class.

English 104: Composing Research (1 Section). Spring 2017


Responsibilities: Assisted Dr. Merrielle Turnbull with her class of twenty-five first-year
composition students; gained first-hand experience grading papers, developing lesson plans, and
conferencing with students outside class.

English 285: Introduction to Creative Writing (1 Section). Spring 2017


Introduction to the craft, terminology, and techniques of multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, and
creative nonfiction.
Responsibilities: Gained extensive, hands-on teaching experience as part of requirements for
English 605: Teaching Creative Writing with Professor Jill Christman); Co-taught two class periods;
Designed a teaching portfolio for teaching creative writing classes, complete with syllabi, calendar,
readings, and daily lesson plans.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
National & International Conferences

Using Technology in the Classroom: Attitudes, Labor, and Transformation. Co-presenter with Thom J.
McAlister. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Kansas City, Missouri, 14-17 March
2018.

Cracking the Code: Creative and Collaborative Social Media for Writing Centers. Special Interest Group
host with Discussion Leader with Lori Shontz and Courtney Munther of University of Oregon.
International Writing Center Association. Chicago, IL, 10-13 November 2017.

"Our Secret Mission: The Emotional Labor of Searching for Clues in the Writing Center." Roundtable
discussion leader with Kathryn Hampshire, Rachel Wright-Marquez, and Noah Patterson. International
Writing Center Association. Chicago, IL, 10-13 November 2017.

Fostering Inclusivity through Social Media: One Writing Centers Story. Co-Presenter with Elisabeth Buck,
Kathryn Hampshire, and Liz Whiteacre. National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Tacoma, WA, 4-
6 November 2016.

Investigating and Redirecting Writing Center Services to High Schoolers Receiving College Credit. National
Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing. Salt Lake City, UT, 5-8 November 2015.

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Regional Conferences
Graduate Student Research Roundtable. (Workshop Discussion Organizer and Facilitator.) Practical Criticism
Midwest. Muncie, IN. 13 October 2017.

Fostering Engagement and Creativity through the Concept of Play in the Writing Center. East Central
Writing Center Association Conference. Southwestern Michigan College. Dowagiac, MI. March 2017.

ON-CAMPUS PRESENTATIONS & WORKSHOPS


Peer Review & Fostering Good Revision Practices. Orientation Workshop Facilitator, Writing Program.
Ball State University. August 2017.

PUBLICATIONS
Peer Reviewed Articles
Orchard, Amory. (2016). Beyond bars: How print and visual media contributed to the exploitation of the
Dionne Quintuplets and the Gosselin Sextuplets. Digital Literature Review (Undergraduate journal), vol.
3. Ball State University.

Darnell, Nikole, Kathryn Hampshire, and Amory Orchard. (2016). Kinderbrutanstalt and kindchenschema:
The Child Hatchery and the psychology of cute. Digital Literature Review (Undergraduate journal),
vol. 3. Ball State University.

Creative Work

Orchard, Amory Elizabeth. (2015). The pomegranate. Thoreaus Rooster: A National Review of Undergraduate
Creative Nonfiction, vol. 15, Spring Issue.

Blog Posts

Orchard, Amory. (October 2017). Building Community. GSAB at Ball State Blog.
http://bsugsab.com/home/member_blogs/building-community/

Orchard, Amory. (February 2016). And the Award Goes to: An Examination of Award Show Culture
and its Role in Re-freakification. Digital Literature Review Blog.
https://bsudlr.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/and-the-award-goes-to-an-examination-of-award-show-
culture-and-its-role-in-re-freakification/

Orchard, Amory. (July 2015). Making the Invisible Visible. Ball State English Department Blog.
https://bsuenglish.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/amory-orchard-making-the-invisible-visible/

SERVICE
Research Committee Reviewer, Aspire Internal Grant Program. Ball State University, Fall 2017-2018

Social Media Coordinator, Graduate Student Advisory Board, Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Judge, Ball Point Writing Program Contest. Ball State University, Summer 2017

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Panel and Roundtable Moderator, Practical Criticism Midwest. Ball State University, Spring 2017 & Fall 2017

Discussion Facilitator, Freshman Common Reader Program. Ball State University, Fall 2016

Travel Grant Reader, National Conference on Peer Tutoring Travel Committee (3 Rounds), Summer 2016

AWARDS & HONORS


Travel Grant Recipient, Ball State University Writing Program, Spring 2017

Graduate Merit Fellow, Ball State University, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018


Competitive merit-based fellowship for entering BSU graduate students; $3,000 award added
to assistantship stipend

Top 10 Finalist, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in the Department of English, Spring 2016
Honors awarded to graduating English majors with GPA of 3.8 or higher in the major and who have
made significant contributions to the department; selection based on letters of recommendation and
a faculty vote

Winner, Writing Center Tutor of the Year Award. Ball State University, Spring 2016
Awarded to one undergraduate or graduate writing center consultant each year; nominated by peer
tutors; final selection chosen by the Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Directors based on
letters written by the nominees

Nominee, Student Employee of the Year Award, Career Center. Ball State University, Spring 2016
Awarded to an outstanding student employee based on their greatest attributes, efforts above and
beyond the standard responsibilities, leadership, initiative, and motivation; Nominated by Writing
Center Director, Dr. Jackie Grutsch McKinney

Aspire Travel Grant Recipient, Ball State University, Fall 2015

Essay Winner & Travel/Grub Grant Recipient, National Conference on Peer Tutoring, Summer 2015
Competitive travel grant awarded to peer tutors whose presentations have been accepted to the
NCPTW 2015 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; $150 award to cover food and registration

Deans List, awarded entire undergraduate career, Ball State University, 2012-2016

Presidential Scholarship, Ball State University, 2012-2016


Competitive merit-based scholarship for entering Ball State freshmen; renewed annually over four
years

PROFESSIONAL WRITING & EDITING


Editor, Victorian Character Commonplace Project. Ball State University, Summer 2017.
Responsibilities: Assisted Dr. Joyce Huff by editing undergraduate student submissions to her
digital humanities project; Corresponded with students via email about their drafts and additional
revisions.

Writer & Staff Member, The Digital Literature Review. Ball State University, Fall 2015-Spring 2016.
Email Submissions Coordinator. Streamlined process of e-mailing responses to
submitters and by creating a voice for the editorial team

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Editing Team Member. Wrote and edited blogs and longer academic articles for the
journals third issue on Freak Shows and Human Zoos.

Team Member, The Infinite Museum, Virginia Ball Center. Ball State University, Fall 2016
Lead Editor. Co-designed a web-based learning app for the David Owsley Museum of Art
using InDesign-made prototypes; Successfully oversaw the apps Editing Team by a creating
style guide, setting deadlines, and facilitating staff meetings.

OTHER RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE


Student Assistant, Interlibrary Loan. Ball State University Libraries, July 2013-August 2016
Responsibilities: Investigated independently and collaboratively to locate and process requests from
Library collections; Applied skills appropriate for an office setting (e.g., completing paperwork,
copying, faxing, scanning, filing); Effectively utilized multiple library technologies, including digital
databases (e.g., CardCat, WorldCat, WorkFlows) and physical collections (e.g., general, archives,
periodicals, microfilm)

MEMBERSHIPS
International Writing Center Association

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